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Entertaining audiences for more than 50 years, Diahann Carroll is one of seven African-American women to be nominated for an Oscar. She also is well known for her roles on TV shows like Dynasty
Diahann Carroll has accomplished much throughout her acting career. Besides being the first African-American actress to star in her own television
After getting her start in New York City at clubs like The Latin Quarter, Diahann Carroll was recruited to The Sands hotel in Las Vegas. Watch as the Tony Award-winner recounts her initial terror at playing such a storied venue. Plus, discover the legendary jazz musician who helped her through it.
Growing up in Manhattan, Diahann Carroll was exposed early and often to the theater scene and was drawn in instantly. Watch as the actress and singer discusses theater's importance to all classes of New Yorkers. Plus, hear how Diahann learned to ignore the people who discouraged her passion for ...
Throughout her life, Diahann Carroll has been married four times. Finally, after divorcing singer Vic Damone in 1996, Diahann decided it was time to turn the lens inward and discover what it was like to live alone. Watch as the entertainer describes why that process was so difficult and what she ...
Growing up in New York City, Diahann Carroll was spared much of the segregation that gripped the country before the civil rights movement. Watch as the actress and singer explains the painful experience of being touched by segregation for the first time upon leaving the city and her inability to ...
In 1997, Diahann Carroll was diagnosed with breast cancer. While undergoing radiation treatment, she allowed reporter Connie Chung to follow her around with a news crew to raise awareness about the disease. Watch as Diahann discusses the reluctance she felt before deciding to share her experience.
When Diahann Carroll was a young child, her parents struggled to keep their family afloat. They left her with her aunt in North Carolina while they built a better life back in New York, an abandonment that haunted Diahann for most of her life.
Since she was very young, Diahann Carroll knew she wanted to spend her life singing. Though her father disapproved of the career choice, her family sent her to study and improve her craft. Find out why the Tony winner's mother forbade her from practicing a certain genre of music.
Diahann Carroll grew up watching plays under the bright lights of Broadway, but at the time, many African-Americans identified more with the recording industry than the theater. Watch as the entertainer explains how this cultural rift made her question her aspirations.